Region’s swimmers among the medals at Edinburgh International Meet

PLYMOUTH Leander’s Laura Stephens and Tom Fannon and Mount Kelly’s Federico Burdisso won medals at the prestigious Edinburgh International Meet, which this year also incorporated the British Championships.

Italian teenager Burdisso took victory in the men’s 100m butterfly event on the final day of competition. He clocked 53.40 to win gold ahead of more experienced swimmers.

The 17-year-old also reached the 100m freestyle and 50m freestyle finals. He finished sixth and second junior in the two-length race in 50.92 seconds and came seventh and second junior in the 50m event in 23.29.

Leander’s Fannon won the bronze medal in that ‘splash and dash’ final. The Devonian, who is currently in the middle of training for the Commonwealth Games, clocked 22.94 seconds to finish behind David Cumberlidge and Lewis Burras.

Stephens also has her sights on peaking for the Commonwealth Games in April and got plenty of lengths in during the Edinburgh competition. She competed in a whole host of events from the 50m butterfly up to the 400m freestyle.

Stephens took silver in the 200m butterfly event. She clocked 2:10.00 to finish behind Wales’ Alys Thomas, who broke the meet record to win.

Stephens was also fifth in the 100m butterfly in 59.44, fifth and fourth Brit in the 200m backstroke in 2:13.69, sixth and fourth Brit in the 50m butterfly in 27.41 and 10th and eighth Brit in the 200m IM in 2:18.45.

Leander’s Jessica Jackson and Adam Chillingworth also made senior finals at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.

Jackson, who will join Stephens and Fannon in the England team for April’s Commonwealth Games, came fifth and fourth Brit in the 100m freestyle in 56.17, while Chillingworth finished sixth in a strong men’s 200m breaststroke final in 2:16.95.

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